Wednesday, August 17, 2016


A harbinger is a message of dire alarm of sorts to alert one to impending danger.

Author, Jonathan Cahn, has written a book entitled THE HARBINGER.  Although it is fiction the message contained within is very real.  It parallels the fall of Israel in the 8th century to the demise of America.  It is more than a good read, more than a chilling drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  No, what is scary about this book is that the more you read, the more you see the parallels he is drawing.  You can read for yourself in the Bible what happened to ancient Israel when she turned her back on God.  She ignored the "harbingers" that God gave to her as warnings just as America is ignoring the warnings He has sent her today.

Franklin Graham stated this today on Facebook:

"There seems to be more corruption in the news every day. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was just found guilty on nine criminal charges. It didn’t matter that she was the top law enforcement officer in the state. And news reports say that House leaders sent a letter asking the Department of Justice to file charges against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Our leaders in both parties are flawed, our political system is corrupt, and our nation is in trouble.
The Word of God says, “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19). We need to pray for the future of America. Join me in praying for leaders with integrity who fear God and look to Him for wisdom."

As we listen to the news each day, the drama playing out before our very eyes is almost a replay of what played out in ancient Israel.  As Israel moved farther and father away from God, God repeatedly warned her.  Finally He removed His hand of protection and she was taken into captivity for 70 years.  She ignored all the warnings.  

God has sent American many warnings, the most significant of which was 9/11.  But, did we heed it? No.  We went about our lives with a business as usual attitude.  It did not turn us back to God.  In fact, we have been moving farther and farther away from Him almost daily.  

The election that is before us is going to play a huge role in what happens to our future as a nation.  Have we crossed the line of no return?  Have we gone too far already?  Only God knows.  But we still need to repent as nation, turn from our wicked ways, pray and seek God's face and His forgiveness while there is still time.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Last week I challenged my readers to listen to God's Word being read 1 hour each day for 8 straight days by way of a website hosted by Anne Graham Lotz.  The object of the exercise is to draw us back to God's Word so that we, as a people and a nation, will be called to repentance and turn back to the God we have forsaken.

It sounded easy to do, but I must confess that even as much as I was for it, I found it difficult.  I have done it every day but one, although some days only 30 minutes instead of 60.  I have been frustrated with myself, wondering why this was so hard?

It was hard to find an hour...or even 30 sit and be quiet with no distractions and just listen to the Word being read.  And therein lies the rub.  We are too busy!!  Busyness is one of Satan's greatest ploys to keep us from God.  Not that we are doing BAD things, it's just that we are too busy with too many things!
Our society is on the go constantly.  We fill our days and evenings to the brim with activities, running here and there and we teach our children to do the same.  When one of my granddaughters comes to spend the day, the first thing she wants to know is "Mimi, what are we going to do today?"  She wants an agenda for her day.  And as soon as we do one thing, she asks "What are we going to do now?"

In Bible days, people did not own a copy of the Word of God.  Only the priests had a copy of the Law and they were the only ones allowed to read it.  They would gather the people together and read it while the people stood and listened.  In times of rebellion, the children of Israel would often go years without ever hearing the Word read to them.  But upon their return to God, they would hear the Word and be brought to tears over their sin.

The Word of God is powerful, more powerful than a two-edged sword according to Hebrews 4:12 and "able to judge the thoughts and ideas of the heart."  The Word of God is our plumbline according to Amos 7:7, 8.  In order for us to live a pure life, we must heed God's Word. (Psalm 119:9)

Our problem is not that we don't KNOW that we should be in the Word and the Word in us.  The problem is that we do not make time for the Word.  We are too distracted by too many other things.  As Jesus chastised Martha..."Martha Martha, you are busy about many things".

We need to meditate upon Psalm 119:10, 14-16 until we make this our motto and our goal concerning the Word of God:

I have sought you with my whole heart
Do not let me wander from your commands
I will meditate on your precepts
I will think about YOUR ways
I will delight in your statutes